Jul 262018

Another day spent on the job of covering the roof with plywood boards, but we are making good progress. We have completed half the “P” section of the roof (in terms of total surface area) and definitely half the “Q” is DONE!

Half of


A day of other comitements tomorrow but we will resume on Saturday and maybe get it all finished by the end of the day! Yippee!

 Posted by at 5:53 pm
Jul 252018

We moved on to doing the next roof section, the “O” steep roof but it was quite small and only needed three boards to complete it.

Then it was time to start work on the last major section of the roof, the Great Room “P” roof section. But first, we had to move our mobile platform from one end of the house beside the Garage (on the “H” and “I” corner of the roof), all the way along the front and down the side so we can get access to the roof and then moved all our equipment and tools around on to it.

Next was the task of drilling the little clearance holes behind the Fascia board so we can run a conduit or a water pipe so we can self-water any hanging baskets etc. or have sensors or LED lighting up in our eves. We also made sure that there was no excess sticking up pieces of webbing on the rafters so our boards will lay flat and get a good glue bond.
Finally, we had time to start the first row of posh plywood boards and put up two of them to get us going.


Tomorrow, we will continue with the “P”, running up the “Q” and down the other side and in a few days, we will have the whole of “P” and “Q” done and that would be it – at last!

 Posted by at 6:11 pm
Jul 242018

Under a slightly hazy sky, a lot more wind, temperatures hovering around 28°C hence the blazing Sun wasn’t so harsh, we continued to work on the three roof sections which form the three sides of a rectangle. We got done the bigger area, the ‘M’ and also the ‘N’ section all completed and so, along with the ‘L’ segment finished yesterday, all three are now done.





We can move along to the much simpler ‘O’ section which won’t take too long and we will be back on the mobile platform to start work on the biggest roof section, the ‘P’ along with its companion the ‘Q’ dormer roof (will connect to the Conservatory) and that will take a few days but we could see the whole roof being done by the end of July (Tuesday)!







 Posted by at 5:55 pm
Jul 232018

What a blistering hot day! Our Thermometer recorded 28°C today!
Under that heat, we continued putting up plywood boards and we got the ‘L’ section completed, almost all of the ‘M’ and we are making progress on the ‘N’ too.





We stopped a little early today, about 5:30pm, because of the heat, especially in this region as it is a trap of three sides, holding in the heat! We were drinking lots of cold water in our vacuum pint tumblers but it was still very hot.
Tomorrow, we will try and get this region of the roof all done before the forecast of rain arriving in the afternoon (only 30% chance) but whatever happens, we will progress and soon get along to the ‘O’ section and finally the large ‘P’ roof around the corner with the little ‘Q’ sticking out dormer.

 Posted by at 5:50 pm
Jul 212018

For another shortened day of work, we started on the “L” and “M” sections of the roof and got the second row fitted.



It is very very hot out there in the full blast of the Sun and we are quite glad that we are only working a half day today. We will continue on Monday after we have rested and give our bodies a chance to recover, especially our knee joints as they are feeling the strain after having to clamber up and down the roof a few dozen times on the series of foot rails.

 Posted by at 2:03 pm
Jul 202018

For our half day of work today, we started on the next section of roof, this time it was “K”, and we got it all done! It only needed two more rows of plywood boards and one tiny little “cap” to complete it all, including coping with the steel structural strap going up the middle rafter (we had to drill clearance holes for the head’s of the coach screws).



Then, we hauled up 21 more sheets of plywood up to our working platform so we can start work tomorrow on tackling the three sections of roof that are all grouped together, the “L” and “M” and “N” on three sides of the rectangle.

 Posted by at 1:59 pm
Jul 192018

Yesterday and today, we are progressing on covering the roof sections along the back of the building. We finished the first row, using our posh plywood boards (section “M”, “N” and “O”)

Back Roof Coverage Progresses ..


Back Roof Coverage Progresses ..


Then moving back to the beginning, started laying boards up the slope of the “I” and the “J” sections. It was incredibly hot in the late afternoon sunshine! But we did managed to process about 12 sheet in total!
Back Roof Coverage Progresses ..


Today, we carried on with the “I” and “J” roof sections, including working around the Chimney support arm, making sure we minimised the lack of any support for the plywood edges while accommodating the metal square pole coming through the roof panel.
Back Roof Coverage Progresses ..


Tomorrow, we will move around the corner onto the “K” section of the roof and carry on along the back of the house.
The video below is the combined two day worth of our activities!

 Posted by at 6:19 pm
Jul 172018

Today, with it being just slightly cooler than yesterday, we started working on covering the roof along the back of the house. We decided that because we could access any part of the roof along our walkway, then we did several complete jobs in one go, for example, we went along to drill conduit holes through each and every rafters including the outside corners. Then we planed off excess timber that were too high above the Fascia board and filled in any gaps to bring it up to the Fascia board level. Finally, each rafter was touch with the planer to make sure there was no sticking up edges where the plywood webbing was stuck on too high. Also the brown glue was cleared away on the joint between the rafter and the Fascia board (got to the middle of the “M” section).
All these steps took the morning but now we can get on with gluing and nailing the plywood boards up with out having to remember to do any of these preparation steps. The back of the house is the sections from “I” through to “O”.
In the afternoon, we got on with fitting on the plywood sheets, cutting the angled ends to match the Hip or Valley joins, reusing left-over pieces where possible and we managed to get the first row (these being the Posh boards) done for “I”, “J”, “K”, and “L”.

Progressing Along the Back of the House!


Progressing Along the Back of the House!


Only three more smaller sections, being “M”, “N” and “O” sections to finish and then we can start working back on “I” with the ordinary grade plywood and cover up the whole section before moving onto the next roof area.

 Posted by at 6:23 pm
Jul 142018

Today, under a blazing Sun, we continued with the “H” section of our roof and got that finished by mid-afternoon.





This now sees all the roof areas from “A” to “H” all covered with plywood boards, covering 48% of the roof, about 175 square metres or roughly 58 sheets of plywood in total!

Then, we started preparing and moving all our equipment off the mobile platform, onto the fixed walkways that we had constructed several weeks ago, to help us with this sort of job. But we decided to extend one particular area between the “L”, “M” and “N” segments because it would be a good idea to have a much more open and enlarged work area for processing and slicing the roof boards etc. Therefore, we put in more cross struts and lintels and placed another plywood board to join up with the existing walkway.



So we now have a roomy area for us and our tools etc.

Next, we tidied up all the cut-off pieces of plywood and moved all the piles from various locations around the front of the house and side and placed them all in one location. We are sometimes lucky that we can reuse some of these “waste” pieces and so far, we are not doing too badly in generating too much waste.
We also collected up all our empty glue tubes that we had thrown into the house and we have used about 14 tubes of the “Brown stuff” (silicone based glue) and about 18 tubes of the “white stuff” (a construction glue). We still have plenty left in stock to allow us to complete this task.
Plus we gave the house a little sweep and generally tidied up a few things.
On Monday, we can start fresh and work on the back of the house and within two weeks should see that all complete too.

 Posted by at 6:11 pm
Jul 132018

We resumed the work of covering our roof with plywood boards and we got the last complex rhomboid shape made and fitted up to finish off the “G” roof segment. Then, carried onto the “H” roof section and put up another six sheets of plywood, half of them had angled cuts on the end to fit into the valley. Working on this roof section, is just that little bit more tricky as the angle of the slope is 40° and our boots doesn’t quite have enough grip by themselves so we are having to put up double number of “foot-rails” to support us and keep us safe!!


Tomorrow, we should see the “H” finished off and we can then start working along the back of the house and using our fixed working platforms too.

 Posted by at 6:19 pm